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Swamp Buggy: A Tale of Family Adventure in Big Cypress National Preserve

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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“Get those darn things off right now!” our driver grumbles over his shoulder. My daughter, still confused by the breach in safety protocol, shoots me a worried look—her safety belt will not budge. Captain Cliff’s seat swivels around as he reaches out toward my firstborn, jabbing a calloused thumb into the stubborn square at the … Continue reading Swamp Buggy: A Tale of Family Adventure in Big Cypress National Preserve

Swamp Buggy — page 2

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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<– Back to Page 1           See Photo Gallery –> Swamp Buggy continued… Surely no panther in its right mind would stick around here with the noise of the swamp buggy coming through. “Surely  not,” I say aloud, gripping the rails of the ladder down. But still, how recently might that panther—or … Continue reading Swamp Buggy — page 2

The 411 on Zion National Park with Kids

Zion National Park with Kids – …many families travel to Zion National Park as part of a wider road trip including Utah’s Mighty Five parks or the Grand Canyon. Wanting to see it all can be alluring, but you need several days (if not longer) to appreciate Zion National Park with kids, and to fully experience the canyons created by the powerful Virgin River.

The 411 on Ireland’s County Kerry with Kids

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Jody Halsted

Impassioned Ireland Traveler and Vacation Coach at Ireland Family Vacations
Her love affair with Eire began when she was a single traveler and did not dissipate upon her marriage and the birth of two children. If anything, traveling in Ireland with family has only deepened Jody’s love of the country.

Though she’s not been everywhere in Ireland (yet), her family travels annually to those verdant shores, always exploring new locations and making new friends along the way. When she’s not traveling, Jody is homeschooling her two daughters or attempting to find her long lost Irish ancestor deep in the pages of forgotten history. During her “down time,” Jody enjoys cooking and “geeking out” with her husband Doug, a software developer and IT specialist. Follow her on Twitter: @irelandfamtrvl and Facebook: Ireland Family Vacations, and visit Jody's website:
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Ireland is a land of magic and mystery, castles and cliffs, faeries and friendly people. In other words, Ireland is an ideal vacation destination for families. Yet in this land filled with ‘must visit’ destinations, the county of Kerry may have a few more ‘musts’ than most. Located in Ireland’s ‘Sunny Southwest’, County Kerry is … Continue reading The 411 on Ireland’s County Kerry with Kids

The 411 on the US Virgin Islands with Kids – St. Croix

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Sandra Foyt

Storyteller + Photographer at Getaway Mavens & Albany Kid
Sandra Foyt is a storyteller and photographer. She is the founding editor of Albany Kid, a blog about enriching family travel, and co-founder of Getaway Mavens, a turnkey destination guide to the Northeast. A former education advocate and enrichment coach, she lived in Buenos Aires, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Southern California before settling in Northeast New York. Nowadays, she stars in her own version of “Where’s Waldo?” on serendipitous trips in the US, Caribbean, and wherever adventure beckons. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraFoyt, Instagram: Getaway Mavens, and on Facebook: Getaway Mavens.
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This feature is the second of two covering the US Virgin Islands with Kids. Click here for part one: The 411 on St. Thomas and St. John. In 1750, Owen Lloyd escaped to St. Croix hauling 55 chests filled with Spanish silver coins—some of which stayed on the island. His story inspired Robert Louis Steven’s … Continue reading The 411 on the US Virgin Islands with Kids – St. Croix

The 411 on the US Virgin Islands with Kids – St. Thomas & St. John

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Sandra Foyt

Storyteller + Photographer at Getaway Mavens & Albany Kid
Sandra Foyt is a storyteller and photographer. She is the founding editor of Albany Kid, a blog about enriching family travel, and co-founder of Getaway Mavens, a turnkey destination guide to the Northeast. A former education advocate and enrichment coach, she lived in Buenos Aires, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Southern California before settling in Northeast New York. Nowadays, she stars in her own version of “Where’s Waldo?” on serendipitous trips in the US, Caribbean, and wherever adventure beckons. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraFoyt, Instagram: Getaway Mavens, and on Facebook: Getaway Mavens.
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This feature is the second of two covering the US Virgin Islands with Kids. Click here to read part two: St. Croix with Kids. Take a kid to a beach where sand flows through fingers like fine sugar and the sea is as warm and translucent as a bath, and he won’t ever want to … Continue reading The 411 on the US Virgin Islands with Kids – St. Thomas & St. John

Tips for the Day Trip to Dry Tortugas with Kids

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Ready to plan your day trip to Dry Tortugas with kids? Here are some tips gleaned from our own family’s visit, when we rode the ferry from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park. Hope they help smooth the way for a most excellent day. What a special place to visit! If you haven’t done … Continue reading Tips for the Day Trip to Dry Tortugas with Kids

West of Key West: Daring the Day Trip to Dry Tortugas

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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With a two-and-a-half-hour boat ride in each direction and three kids who have been known to experience motion sickness just driving across town, attempting the day trip to Dry Tortugas National Park was a bit of a gamble. Still, we were mesmerized by the photos taken both above historic Fort Jefferson and below the island’s … Continue reading West of Key West: Daring the Day Trip to Dry Tortugas